China, officer: completed hull of the second aircraft carrier, first patrol by 2018
The hull of the second Chinese carrier was fully assembled. The work to install the equipment on Board has already begun. AND’ that communicates the Chinese Defence Ministry. No further information has been issued. The second Chinese carrier Type 001A, considering the progress, could be launched later this year and make its first patrol by 2018, contradicting the Pentagon estimate, formerly attached to 2020/22.
Source: Defense Online